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EGIS (Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society)

Edinburgh Campus Library Updates

New students need to get their student card activated before they can enter the Library.  Please use the buzzer at the entry gates to get in, then take your card to the Service Desk.  This is a two minute process and only needs to be done once.  Once your card is activated, you will be able to use your card on the entry-gates and have access to the Library during opening hours. 

Please remember to bring your HWU Student ID card in order to access our Edinburgh Campus Library.

Access to the Library

  • The use of the Library, including the collection and facilities, is governed by the Library Regulations in the University Academic Regulations (Reg No. 11).
  • Access to the Library is managed by use of your HWU Student Card including all resource and room booking transactions.
  • Student Cards should be presented at the security gates on entry/exit and this is a requirement for the security and safety of all Library users.

Forgotten your card?

We understand that occasionally you may forget your card so it is now possible for you to be issued with a Library Day Pass.

  • You will need to fill in a Student Day Pass form at the Library Service Desk with your details and show an alternative form of ID.
  • You will be issued with a Day Pass which lasts for 24 hours.
  • A note will be made on your Library record.

Please note: Only 3 Day Passes can be issued per academic year.

Lost your card?

If you have lost your card, then please go to the Student Service Centre for a replacement.

All floors of the Library are now open!

Resource Updates

EndNote now available on your own personal device

The University has recently upgraded EndNote desktop from X8 to X9.  EndNote X9 is now available on all university-managed computers, on all campuses.

As part of the new license, staff and students are now able to install one copy of the software on their own device for personal use.

Users need to contact to obtain licenses and installation instructions.  Alternatively, the request can be made through the self-service portal, under the ‘software and applications’ tile.


What is EndNote?

EndNote (X9) is the reference management software provided by Heriot-Watt.  Reference management software can help you collect and organise your references and ensure consistency with your in-text citations and reference lists.


How does it work?

EndNote allows you to store in your ‘EndNote Library’ details of information sources.  These can be typed in, or exported from compatible databases (e.g. Discovery, ScienceDirect, Springer, Scopus etc).

Once in your Library, you can organise your references into folders, share reference lists with colleagues/friends, store PDFs and other files and add research notes.

Your EndNote Library is then linked to Word, where you can insert references and format them according to your chosen citation style.


Citation Style

There are over 6,000 citation styles built in to EndNote, so there should be one to suit.  For those that wish to use a Harvard style, we would recommend that you use ‘Harvard HWU Cite Them Right’.


EndNote Online v EndNote Desktop

EndNote X9 is a better reference management tool than EndNote Online, with many additional features not available in the Online version (for a quick overview click here.


EndNote training

We will be offering EndNote X9 training as part of the Power Hours programme at the start of next academic year.  Please note the Edinburgh Campus Power Hours timetable for Semester 1 will be released week commencing Monday 16 September 2019. 

We would also be happy to arrange training for specific groups of staff or students. Please get in touch to discuss your requirements.


Questions and Contact details

If you have any questions, or would like to arrange training, please get in touch:

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